Definition of yardarm in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjɑːdɑːm/


The outer extremity of a ship’s yard.
Example sentences
  • Budd innocently exalts, even as he is shanghaied and set upon a path that leads to the yardarm.
  • Regular brisk summary hangings at the yardarms of the warships worked wonders.
  • Avast, ye scurvy dogs, Kerry will swing from the highest yardarm!


the sun is over the yardarm

dated Used to refer to the time of day when it is permissible to begin drinking alcohol: I never drink until the sun is over the yardarm
More example sentences
  • The argument can be made that there's no better time to take the full measure of a political player than over a plate of barely done eggs at 8 a.m. or after a belt or two when the sun has dipped below the yardarm.
  • Hey, the sun's past the yardarm in Delhi; it's 5: 30 pm there already.
  • By the time I had managed to drag him out of Brenda's begonia bed and into the car, the sun was way over the yardarm and I had no reason not to open a brace of beers the moment we swerved out into the oncoming traffic.

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